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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 7, 2018

You say she’ll be #1…

Ooh, child, it’s another fantastic Friday in the music world with a fresh batch of new albums hitting the scene. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

LAUREN DAIGLE – Look Up Child (iTunes)
Daigle is dominating the Christian charts with the lead single from this album, “You Say”, which looks poised to cross to other radio formats, having already reached the top five on iTunes and the middle portion of the Hot 100. It’s a very likely contender for #1, but there are several releases competing for the title, including a few steady streaming winners that could interfere.

PAUL MCCARTNEY – Egypt Station (iTunes)
Get in the carpool and sing along to McCartney’s newest album, which features the top ten Triple A radio song “Come On To Me”. It has a pretty good shot at becoming his third top five album on the Billboard 200 during the past decade, especially as one of the top upper demo records of the week.

Notable albums out this week: Case‘s Therapy (iTunes), Clutch‘s Book Of Bad Decisions (iTunes), Estelle‘s Lovers Rock (iTunes), Joey Purp‘s QUARTERTHING (iTunes), Lenny Kravitz‘s Raise Vibration (iTunes), MAGIC!‘s Expectations (iTunes), MNEK‘s Language (iTunes), Paul Simon‘s In The Blue Light (iTunes), Russ‘s ZOO (iTunes), Ruston Kelly‘s Dying Star (iTunes), Suicidal Tendencies‘s Still Cyco Punk After All These Years (iTunes), $uicideBoy$‘s I Want To Die In New Orleans (iTunes), Tamia‘s Passion Like Fire (iTunes), Sierra Burgess Is A Loser (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Aaron Taos‘s August. (iTunes), DREAMERS‘s Fly (iTunes), Hozier‘s Nina Cried Power (iTunes), Lion‘s Lion (iTunes), Phangs‘s N°1 Loves You (iTunes), The Faim‘s Summer Is A Curse (iTunes), Wanderer‘s Skyline (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Fired Up”, Matt Corby (iTunes)
“Angels”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“A$$hole (No Apologies)”, Max Frost (iTunes)
“Back & Forth”, MK featuring Jonas Blue and Becky Hill (iTunes)
“Be Alright (Acoustic)”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Be Somebody”, Steve Aoki + Nicky Romero featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Blood // Water (AWOLNATION Remix)”, grandson (iTunes)
“Body And Soul”, teddy<3 (iTunes)
“Changing”, Conrad Sewell (iTunes)
“Cold Showers”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“College”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“comethru”, Jeremy Zucker (iTunes)
“Consistent”, No/Me (iTunes)
“Crashing Waves” and “Perfect”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Do You Ever Dream?”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Electricity”, Silk City featuring Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“End Up With You”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
“Everybody Dies”, Logic (iTunes)
“Eyes Wide Shut”, Glades (iTunes)
“Fake It”, Wingtip (iTunes)
“Feeling California”, Winnetka Bowling League (iTunes)
“F**k Being Friends”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Glow”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Good Thing Gone”, Elle King (iTunes)
“Happy Now (Acoustic)”, Zedd & Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Homesick”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“How Can I Forget”, MKTO (iTunes)
“I Do”, Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross (iTunes)
“I Feel It”, Fly By Midnight x Carly Paige (iTunes)
“Just Got Paid”, Sigala featuring Meghan Trainor, Ella Eyre and French Montana (iTunes)
“Karma”, Top Bunk (iTunes)
“Like I Used To”, Julia Knight (iTunes)
“Look In Her Eyes”, Rod Stewart (iTunes)
“Love Someone”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“Mad At You”, Noah Cyrus with Gallant (iTunes)
“Maybe, I”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“No More Cryin'”, Steve Perry (iTunes)
“Psycho”, Lauren Aqualina (iTunes)
“Sober”, Tyde Levi (iTunes)
“Stronger”, The Score (iTunes)
“Superior Emotion”, AlunaGeorge featuring Cautious Clay (iTunes)
“Surprise Me”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“The Man”, Jamie Cullum (iTunes)
“The Only”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“The Way I Am (Acoustic)”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Want To”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Watching Over”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“Way Down”, (iTunes)
“Why So Serious”, Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Willow”, FERGUS (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Carrie Underwood, David Guetta and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 3, 2016

Holding out for this Hero.

Holding out for this Hero.

No June swoon on the release schedule this week… there are lots of emerging and established acts to keep the hits coming. Score! Here are all the notable new albums and singles:

  • MAREN MORRIS — Hero (iTunes)
    • Morris is one of the brightest new stars on the Country scene. Both her sales and streaming data is pretty impressive, and that’ll hopefully translate into a nice first week with her first major-label set. Lead single “My Church”, which has weathered some polarizing callout scores, is still in the top ten at the format. We’ll see if a top five debut is in reach in a few days.
  • TEGAN AND SARA — Love You To Death (iTunes)
    • The two Quin sisters had a very strong pop album in 2013 with Heartthrob, which gave them a U.S. hit with “Closer”. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with “Boyfriend”, which is already a radio hit in their native Canada, and going for Hot AC adds on Monday. I’m looking forward to hearing the other gems on their latest effort.
  • DAN + SHAY — Obsessed (iTunes)
    • The duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney is slowly making its way up the Country airplay list with “From The Ground Up”, which is selling very well. Their second album is looking to repeat the top ten debut of their 2014 set, which gave them one Gold and one Platinum single.
  • VOLBEAT — Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie (iTunes)
    • The Danish metal group is on top of the Active Rock chart with “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”, their fifth #1 there. The last album by the band, released in 2013, entered in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart. Can they seal the deal for a second time?
  • PAUL SIMON — Stranger To Stranger (iTunes)
    • It’s solo album #13 for the legendary singer/songwriter, another likely top ten record for him. On the Triple A listing, “Wristband” remains in the top 20
  • More albums out this week: Craig Morgan‘s A Whole Lot More To Me (iTunes), Ladyhawke‘s Wild Things (iTunes), Max Jury‘s Max Jury (iTunes), Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s Soulrocker (iTunes), The Kills‘s Ash & Ice (iTunes), Train‘s Does Led Zeppelin 2 (iTunes), Me Before You (Soundtrack) (iTunes), Waitress (Original Cast Recording) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Alexander Jean‘s Head High (iTunes), The Strokes‘s Future Present Past (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “All We Ever Knew”, The Head And The Heart (iTunes)
  • “Because I Love You”, Montaigne (iTunes)
  • “Good Girls”, Elle King (iTunes)
  • “Great Night”, NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Shovels & Rope (iTunes)
  • “Half Light”, BANNERS (iTunes)
  • “I Love You Always Forever”, Betty Who (iTunes)
  • “Lemonade”, Adam Friedman featuring Mike Posner (iTunes)
  • “Maybe IDK”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
  • “My Enviroment”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Need Somebody”, Alex Newell (iTunes)
  • “Palms”, Rationale (iTunes)
  • “Perfect Strangers”, Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper (iTunes)
  • “Roll Up”, Fitz And The Tantrums (iTunes)
  • “Sing Me To Sleep”, Alan Walker (iTunes)
  • “Take Me Dancing”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
  • “Treat You Better”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
  • “Whatever, Wherever”, Band Of Horses (iTunes)
  • “Wow”, Beck (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Fitz And The TantrumsKaleo, KONGOSNick Jonas and more.

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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2013: What I’m Looking At

Viva la Vinyl.

Viva la Vinyl.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but if you’re a music fan, it’s time to get insightful about the 2013 edition of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. You’ll remember the regular Record Store Day back on April 20, and once again, RSD is getting in on the holiday rush with another set of exclusive vinyl pieces ready to be stuffed in your stockings. Just remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want! Here are ten acts and their releases that you may be hunting for on Friday, November 29:

ATLAS GENIUS – So Electric! When It Was Now (The Remixes)
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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This Australian trio based out of Adelaide has been having a great year on the Alternative survey with top ten hits like “If So” and “Trojans” and remixes of their two big singles thus far, along with some assorted album cuts, are included on this new eight song EP.

CHEAP TRICK – Classic Albums 1977-1979
Format: Five x 12″ vinyl LP box set
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If you’re a fan of the band’s early sound, you’ll love this. Five of their albums are included in this set, four studio recordings and one live collection: 1977’s Cheap Trick and In Color, 1978’s Heaven Tonight and 1979’s Cheap Trick At Budokan and Dream Police.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Live Trax Vol 2: 9-12-04 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA + Live Trax Vol 3: 8-27-00 Meadows Music Theater, Hartford CT
Format: 12″ vinyl LP
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From their series of live releases, the latest of which came out earlier this week, come these two albums which were released digitally in late 2004 and early 2005, respectively. Vol. 2 is a five LP set, while Vol. 3 is just four. Both the releases are foil numbered.

DURAN DURAN – No Ordinary EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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Recorded live at the now-defunct Tower Records in Hollywood in the spring of 1993, this set was only previously available as a cassette given away as a freebie with a purchase of their 1993 single, “Too Much Information”. It includes three of the band’s hits.

LADY GAGA – “Applause” Remixes EP
Format: 12″ vinyl single; picture disc
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The Lady’s recent single went top 5 on the Billboard 100, though she has since moved onto “Do What U Want”, a collaboration with R. Kelly. The set of eight remixes was released digitally in late September and features DJ White Shadow, Goldhouse and more.

PAUL SIMON – Paul Simon + Still Crazy After All These Years + There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
Format: Three x 12″ vinyl LP
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Every good Jewish boy needs some of Simon’s music in their collection, and his first three solo releases offer up diverse sounds. All three LPs are numbered and digital copies are included. They are Record Store Day exclusive releases through the start of 2014.

TEGAN & SARA – “Guilty As Charged”/”I Run Empty”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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The duo finally had a pop breakthrough this year with the song “Closer”, featured on their album of earlier this year, Heartthrob. This is the first time the tracks have been issued on vinyl; both appeared as bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of their new album.

THE CIVIL WARS – Between The Bars EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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The folk duo released their sophomore album during the summer. This four track covers EP includes Elliott Smith‘s “Between The Bars”, “Billie Jean” by Michael JacksonPortishead‘s “Sour Times” and “Talking In Your Sleep” by The Romantics.

THE SURFARIS – “Wipe Out”/”Surfer Joe”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Featuring one of the most remembered drum solos of all-time, “Wipe Out” managed to chart twice on the Hot 100, hitting #2 in the 1963 and then to #16 in 1966. Released on Dot Records, it features the original b-side, “Surfer Joe”, along with a fresh cover sleeve.

U2 – “Ordinary Love”
Format: 10″ vinyl single
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This is the Irish band’s first new material in several years. “Love” was written and recorded specifically for the forthcoming movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and the b-side, “Breathe”, is a new take of an album track from 2009’s No Line On The Horizon.

For a full list of special items, it’s all up on Record Store Day’s website. Are you looking forward to RSD’s Black Friday celebration and is there another release not listed here that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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GRAMMY Flashback: The Year Without A Best New Artist

They got the "Boot".

Two of the acts that got the “Boot”.

Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…

As you’re probably aware, Best New Artist is one of the big four categories presented on the night, first given out in 1959 to Bobby Darin. The award’s been presented to some performers that have gone on to illustrious careers: The Beatles, The Carpenters, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5 and more. The award also cursed more than a few acts it was given to: Bobbie GentryThe Starland Vocal Band, Rickie Lee Jones, Marc Cohn, Arrested Development, and others. Oh, let’s not forget Milli Vanilli, whose win was taken away after it was revealed that the two men weren’t singing their own records. Oops. Yet, what happens when the Award isn’t awarded to anyone at all even when there was plenty of new talent out there? Then, you get the 1967 GRAMMY Awards.

For some reason that’s still unclear to this day, no Best New Artist was appointed at the 1967 ceremony, which reflected the music of 1966. I figure I could highlight some of the acts that released their first big singles during that year and would’ve been eligible for the Award. Then, you can decide who should have been the big winner. I have my pick(s). The 1966 GRAMMY Awards had seven nominees for Best New Artist; I’ll limit my category to five, as is the standard today. And, the nominees are…

NANCY SINATRA
The daughter of the iconic Frank Sinatra had a big year in 1966. After a failed single in “So Long, Babe”, Sinatra went to the top of the Hot 100 with “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”, which became her signature song. Written by Lee Hazlewood, it spent one week at #1. It also led Sinatra to three other top-40 singles during the year, including “Sugar Town” (#5) and “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?” (#7). Her father won Best Album for A Man And His Music and Record Of The Year for “Strangers In The Night” at the 1967 GRAMMY Awards… who’s to say she couldn’t have followed him?

PERCY SLEDGE
The R&B singer from Alabama crooned his way to the #1 spot on the Hot 100 in May 1966 with “When A Man Loves A Woman”. It spent two weeks at the top. He managed two other top-20 hits during the year, both of which hit the top ten on the R&B chart. He wouldn’t have been the strongest choice to win, but with a big debut single, he could have swayed some of the voters to go his way. (He ultimately wouldn’t hit the top ten on the Hot 100 again, though he came close with the #11 “Take Time To Know Her” in 1968.)

SIMON & GARFUNKEL
This duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel spent years under an assortment of names trying to hit the big time, but it wasn’t until 1965 that a song from their album released the year prior, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., began receiving airplay at a few markets. Officially released in the fall, “The Sound Of Silence” spent two weeks at #1 in January 1966. The band went onto release four other top-40 hits during 1966, including the #3 “I Am A Rock” and “Homeward Bound” (#5). The duo garnered several GRAMMY Awards for later hits like 1968’s “Mrs. Robinson” and 1970’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Was it to make up for the lack of a Best New Artist win? They certainly would’ve been a huge act in the hunt for it had there been a category that year.

THE ASSOCIATION
Another of the big vocal groups out of California, they first the Hot 100 in 1966 with “Along Comes Mary” (#7) with a lead vocal by Jim Yester. However, it was a song sung and written by vocalist Terry Kirkman that took the band to #1 for three weeks in September: “Cherish”. Both releases can be found on And Then… Along Comes The Association, which made the top 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart. If the voters on the panel wanted a more traditional-sounding act to win the Award, the baroque pop flavor of their material may have worked out for them.

THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS
In terms of success in 1966, this group had the biggest and most consistent pack of singles during the year. The quintet out of New York City took the charts by storm, first with a #4 hit, the classic “Calfornia Dreamin'”. That record was followed by three other consecutive top-5 singles: “Monday, Monday” (#1 for three weeks), “I Saw Her Again” (#5) and “Words Of Love” (#5). Up to that point, a mixed group of men and woman had never won the Award. Could the band have achieved that feat before The Carpenters took it at the 1971 ceremony? Might have happened “for all we know”.

Other acts to make their debut that year that might have been nominated:
Neil Diamond: his first big top ten, “Cherry Cherry”, may have come too late in the year to get him a nomination. Plus, he’s only received two nominations total and both have been for movie soundtracks.
The Rascals: had a big #1 in “Good Lovin'”, but their other 1966 singles weren’t big successes. They continued to make the top 40 until 1969.

So, who do you think would’ve won it all? I’d say Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel had the best chance of getting it, the former based on name and the latter based on how the Academy lavished them with Awards at future ceremonies. How about you? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. Stay tuned for more GRAMMY posts as the week continues!

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What “Child” Is This? Youngsters In The Top Ten

Burning down the House.

Burning down the House.

Swedish House Mafia finally have their first big hit in the States as “Don’t You Worry Child”, featuring vocalist John Martin, sits at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Though this may be the only time the group charts together (they’re currently on a farewell tour), they’ve it done with a song that becomes the first top ten title since the 90’s to feature the word “child” in it.

In total, 59 song titles with the word “child” (or some variation like “children”) in them have made the Hot 100 since it began in 1958, 27 of those making the top 40. The first of them, in early 1959, was “The Children’s Marching Song (Nick Nack Paddy Whack)” by Cyril Stapleton and His Orchestra, which was quickly followed by a version from Mitch Miller and his “Sing Along With Mitch” Chorus. The Stapleton version rose to #13 and the Miller version got to #16.

Just eleven of those nearly sixty top-40 hits made it into the top ten. Here are the other ten besides “Worry”:

“Little Children”, Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas (#7, 1964)
This English band came to the States as a part of the British Invasion in 1964 and launched four songs into the top 40, this one being the biggest. After two additional Hot 100 singles in 1965, the group experienced several membership changes and ultimately folded several years later. They’ve reunited since, but haven’t charted again.

“Love Child”, Diana Ross & The Supremes (#1, 1968)
Girl groups don’t come bigger than this. In just about five years, they accumulated twelve #1 singles on the Hot 100, this two-week topper being the eleventh of them. Ross departed the group roughly a year after this single and they had several years of top-40 hits without her, including two top tens. Ross, of course, did quite a bit better, with six additional #1 hits on her own. Dance group Sweet Sensation took their version onto the charts in 1990, just missing the top ten with a peak of #13.

“Runaway Child, Running Wild”, The Temptations (#6, 1969)
Another of Motown’s biggest acts makes the list with this single, which also spent two weeks at #1 on the R&B chart in March. All five members sang lead on the song. The quintet scored Hot 100 and R&B hits for several decades to come, including songs like the #1 “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”.

“O-O-H Child”, The Five Stairsteps (#8, 1970)
After years of top-40 misses, this song from the Chicago group featuring the Burke siblings cracked the top ten during the summertime. They made the Hot 100 several other times after this song hit, but nothing placed within the top 40. A remake by Dino in 1993 hit the top ten in CHR airplay, but managed a lower #27 on the Hot 100. One other cover, done by Daryl Hall and John Oates, became a minor adult contemporary hit in 2005.

“Mother And Child Reunion”, Paul Simon (#4, 1972)
After his partnership with Art Garfunkel dissolved in 1970, Simon began his string of solo successes with this first hit, which also made the top 5 in countries like Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Simon would soon eclipse this solo peak with bigger entries like his only #1, 1976’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”.

“Hot Child In The City”, Nick Gilder (#1, 1978)
English-born, Canadian-raised Gilder only made the top-40 once in the States with this #1 hit. He scored several other big singles in Canada, including a #1 with his former group Sweeney Todd, “Roxy Roller”, in 1976.

“Sweet Child O’ Mine”, Guns N’ Roses (#1, 1988)
Axl Rose and the boys garnered their first and only chart-topper with their first single to make the Hot 100, spending two weeks at #1 in September. The Los Angeles band took five other songs into the top ten through 1992. Their long-awaited Chinese Democracy album was finally released in 2008 and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame just last year.

“When The Children Cry”, White Lion (#3, 1989)
This ballad was the second and final top-40 hit for this rock band from Denmark, placing just behind songs from Paula Abdul and Sheriff. The first, “Wait”, hit the top ten the previous year. They continued to make the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. until 1991.

“This One’s For The Children”, New Kids On The Block (#7, 1989)
In 1989, one of the biggest bands out of Boston managed to place six songs in the top 40, all within that one chart year. This was the last of them, from the album Merry, Merry Christmas, and appropriately peaked during the week of Christmas. NKOTB managed two other top ten hits after this, then broke up in 1994 and experienced a successful reunion in 2008. They release a new studio album, 10, in April.

“Jesus To A Child”, George Michael (#7, 1996)
From his album Older, the single marked a major comeback for Michael, his first top ten hit in four years on the Hot 100. Followup single “Fastlove” would be his last single to make the Hot 100, peaking at #8, though he’s had a top-40 single in the United Kingdom as recent as last year.

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The Trouble With “Trouble”: A Swift Ascent To The Top

A girl in "Trouble" is a temporary thing.

A girl in “Trouble” is a temporary thing.

This week, Taylor Swift takes a two-notch climb to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with yet another winner of a hit, “I Knew You Were Trouble”. It’s off her latest disc, Red, which has sold close to 3 million copies in the States in just the three or so months it’s been out. However, if you thought she was the only one to cause a little chaos at the top of the charts, then take a seat on the “cold hard ground” and tune yourself to five other “Trouble” smashes that broke into the top ten on the Hot 100, one of which was a huge #1 song.

THE FORTUNES – “You’ve Got Your Troubles” (1965)
In the heat of the British Invasion of the 1960’s, one of the bands to follow the mighty Beatles was this band from Birmingham, England. It was their biggest hit to date in the U.S., peaking at #7, though it hit the #2 spot in the United Kingdom. Other than that, the group was rather unfortunate in the States with several low charters until a surprise top-20 hit in July 1971, “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again”. The group never charted that strongly again.

SIMON & GARFUNKEL – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
It’s a classic and one of my favorite songs of all-time, but exclusively this version of it. Written during a period of conflict within the duo, this beautiful ballad stormed the Hot 100 and spent six consecutive weeks at #1, ensuring its status as the #1 song of the year and the #2 song of the decade (only beat by Debby Boone‘s “You Light Up My Life”.) It’s by far the biggest “Trouble” single to make it onto the charts, though we’ll see if Swift can top it. The duo had a handful of top-40 hits after this and both had solo material that did well, particularly Paul Simon‘s early to mid-70’s catalogue.

ARETHA FRANKLIN – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1971)
Almost a year after the Simon & Garfunkel version had left the charts, the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, took her R&B rendition of the song to #6 on the Hot 100, her first top ten hit at the time in nearly three years. This version was also heard on the television show Glee, with actress Amber Riley providing the lead vocal. Linda Clifford took her discofied version of the song to #41 on the Hot 100 in 1979. It was also the original a-side to Clay Aiken‘s first post-American Idol single, but was listed on the charts under the b-side’s title, “This Is The Night”, for most of its run because it received more airplay.

MARVIN GAYE – “Trouble Man” (1972/3)
From the soundtrack to the film of the same name, this became another hit for Gaye, peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 in early 1973. It also hit the top 5 on the R&B chart. Rapped T.I. recently released an album that was titled Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, partially inspired by the song. Gaye caused some major trouble on the charts for the next ten years with songs like “Let’s Get It On” (1973) and “Got To Give It Up” (1977) until his untimely death in 1984.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM – “Trouble” (1981/2)
During a break from Fleetwood Mac in the early 80’s, both Buckingham and Stevie Nicks recorded solo projects. Though the solo LP from Nicks, Bella Dolla, was more successful, Buckingham also managed to score a top ten song of his album, Law And Order. It peaked at #9 in January 1982, just before Billboard changed chart policies, which sent it flying downward as it soon as it exited the top 40 in early February. Buckingham continued with the Mac for a few more albums and had one additional solo top-40 hit in 1984, “Go Insane”.

A number of other “Trouble” titles have cracked the Hot 100 over the years, the first of which was “Trouble In Paradise” by vocal group The Crests. It hit #20 in 1960. Some of my favorites include “A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)” by Romeo Void (1984), “Trouble Me” by 10,000 Maniacs (1989) and “Trouble” by Pink (2003), plus two songs that have only made the CHR chart: “The Trouble With Love Is” by Kelly Clarkson (2004) and “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs, which was may just see topping the Hot 100 in 2013. Stay tuned, and stay out of trouble, okay?

Have another favorite “Trouble” song? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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